Impronto

Impronto is simply the imprint of a leaf on a sheet of brass.

The purity of the imprint is inherently beautiful and pure.
Additionally extreme heat softens the brass sheet and leaves the unique shimmering pattern.
Each leaf fossilizes itself on the metal that preserves its original shape.
All imprints are numbered and show the location where I collected the fallen leaves with an accuracy of 20 metres.
The leaves fell from beech trees (Fagus Sylvatica).

It is a limited edition of 200 pieces.
size: Din A 5
material: Paper, Brass
date:  2022

ONE BRANCH

One piece

consisting of many

always united

never apart

each

for itself

&
together

Material: Fagus Sylvatica (beech)
Year: 2020

Waldluft

“Waldluft” is part of my Solo Exhibition in 2019 called ‘A Forest’ held at ‘Gravieranstalt’ in Aachen, Germany.
Waldluft can be translated with ‘forest breeze’.

Waldluft is a polygon structure with a triangular composition. The three ventilators in the structure create a buoyancy and lift up a dried maple leaf.

The leaf is held in place by three thin strings while the ventilators are turning. Yet the leaf can easily fall being disturbed by turbulence caused by opening doors, people moving around it or even by talking in its presence.
Consequently the balance and the uplift are fragile conditions.

The beauty of the dancing leaf in the air is something I observed in the garden of my studio.
There is a beautiful maple tree which actually donated the leaf for ‘Waldluft’. I was inspired in autumn 2018 as one of its leaves was dancing in the air.

Waldluft becomes automatically part of its’ environment and interacts with everybody and everything that influences the air stream.
I think this is a very important symbolism that entails how we may interact with nature in order to keep it in balance.
Simply by leaving it by itself and avoiding any disturbance. Our interactions with nature can be compared to the condition of a wound that heals much slower because it is consistently touched.

This consequently means that we need to reduce our disturbing interference with nature and stop the uncontrollable growth of our economy. It is time to use and reuse the resources we already exploited rather than exploiting even more.

Materials: Wood: MDF & Plywood, ventilators, nylon strings, dried maple leaf, white colour
Year: 2019

pictures by irrmischer

Waldluft

A Maze

A Maze

„A Maze“ is the world’s first both analogue and electric gaming console in marble.
Steer the ball through the maze with a thought-out mechanism.

Labyrinths, in the classical sense, have no wrong turns and lead around the goal until you finally reach it.

„A Maze“, though has no goal.
The labyrinth is made up of seven concentric rings that are linked together in such a way that there is no end and therefore no beginning.
The number seven is of great importance, because the seven is considered a mystical number but also plays an important role in our psyche and in our daily lives.
For one thing, our lives are focused on a 7-day week, and we have „Miller’s number Seven +/- 2” in memory psychology. Miller’s number explains that we can only keep 7 chunks of information simultaneously in our short term memory.

There is so much more to „A Maze“, with the concept of seven shaping the labyrinth itself, than could be put across by this brief introductory text.


Just experience it yourself.


pictures by irrmischer

 

Chainreaction

“Chain Reaction” is a kinetic installation.
Its framework holds a clothes dryer engine, that drives the wooden crown angle gear attached to a conveyor belt.

material: beech, spruce, steel, clothes dryer engine, fan belts, tarpaulin
year: 2013

photographs by www.pr-aachen.de

Bodyreactor Mod-2

Fellow designer and artist Dik Scheepers & me built this modular capsule called Mod-2.
It was the basic element during a workshop called ‘The Spaceship’.

The capsule consists of 20 beds, 20 chairs and 21 Tables which can be taken apart and purposed individually.

BODYREACTOR is developed as part of SEAD (Space Ecologies Art and Design), a master project initiated by Angelo Vermeulen and Tine Holvoet.  Vermeulen and Holvoet want to introduce theater students to the complexity of human corporeality in outer space. The Artist invite the students to explore new ideas within their personal creative practices housing within the Bodyreactor.

year: 2011
Brussels | Belgium

Algorith

Algorith is a kinetic sculpture that uses kinetic energy in order to produce patterns of movement.
The sculpture consists of parts of machines that have been used in the traditional fabric production in Germany between 19th and 20th century.

Many thanks to the ‘Margarete Lorenz Stiftung’ & ‘Tuchwerk Aachen’ for making this piece possible.

 

material: cast iron, steel, concrete, rubber, aluminum

year: 2014

WAXLAMP

This piece contradicts the concept of “form follows function” and carries also on deep psychological sentiments connected to the use of an item and to the philosophies of aesthetics and determinism.

What you perceive face value is a shape that resembles a table light cast completely out of wax. Attached to the Wax Lamp you find an electric cable with a switch. The Light bulb will radiate heat melting the wax around it allowing its light to aglow.

You can either keep the “form” or use the “function“. Consequently the concept of “form unfollows function” is applied.

In terms of philosophies of aesthetics one important aspect of emotionalism is caught up;
fear of loss.
The preciousness of beauty is defined by its finitude. The more difficult it is be kept and preserved the more precious it becomes.

This leads to the theory of determinism for the Wax Lamp.
Preserving or destroying is both a decision.

Material: black wax & light-bulb (230 V)
Size: 40 cm
Limited edition

WHEELLAMP

This object transforms kinetic energy into light.

material: hub-dynamo, bulb, wood & steel
year: 2008

SYSIPHOS

“This is Sysiphos. It is a modular kinetic object. It offers endless combinations and applications only limited by the number of modules you own. Surrender to the irresistible attraction of various gear ratio transmissions.

You don’t need it, You want it!”

prices on request

material: aluminum, stainless steel, brass, plywood
year: 2010

Concept:

Sisyphos is a protagonist in the antique Greek mythology.
He has been doomed for eternity and is ought to recommence his work again and again and again.

The documentary “the story of stuff”, explains that each product passes a global process from extraction, to production to distribution to consumption and to disposal.

Our community steps in, in the steps consumption and disposal.
Consumption keeps the system running.

Media will never imply that you can be happy with your property and fashion.

This circle of consumption reminds me on Sisyphos.

We are embedded in a system, which is never ending. We work to spend money, to work to spend money again and again and again.
Products can reflect the endlessness of the consumption circle and the endlessness of Sisyphus’ punishment.


Perceived obsolescence:

This story of consumption and Sisyphus can be translated into a product.
Perceived obsolescence is the key.

Following aspects play a role in the development of my product:

– A series of products, which can be joined and combined in various ways. There is no end of the production line.
-The product has to be attractive. People can’t leave their eyes and hands of it.
-It does not need to be functional.

 

The Conclusion:

I want to create a modular kinetic object.

Each module can be connected to another module. You can always connect new modules to old ones.

I create a central module that provides the rotation and momentum in order to drive the other modules.

I want to create mechanisms and gear ratio transmissions, which have a similar attraction to people like clockwork mechanisms.
There will always be a free clutch to attach another module. So you can go on collecting them.